The Accelerator team has spent the last several months working with the staff of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation to explore options for a foundation supported program to support their grantee partners in the El Paso region.
We are spending the week with foundation and partner staff to explore the challenges and opportunities to building organizations that can weather changes in their operating environment. In what ways can increased capacities and capabilities deliver improved health outcomes in their communities? What key capacities do they need to be more resilient? How can they improve their impact through increased use of data and experimentation?
Using design thinking approaches we are helping grantee staff identify their key staff knowledge, skills and capability needs. Using 'What's on Your Radar' with a range of organizations and staff is helping us identify areas of shared need and opportunities for collaborative skill building.
We built a Capacity Building Strategy Game to help foundation staff achieve alignment around the Purpose of the support they want to provide, the range of Activities or ways they might go about achieving that purpose and the Impacts they would like to see achieved. Will there be agreement between what the foundation thinks the purpose should be and what their grantee partners think? In what areas is there agreement and in what areas is their divergence?
Our work with Paso del Norte Health Foundation is part of our work promoting, understanding and developing the 'Capacity Dividend'. How much greater impact could an organization have if they and their funding partner invested in increasing their capacity and capabilities? What skills and capacities are needed to create a region driven by the power of healthy living?